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(Members of District 1201 of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union stand outside Philadelphia school district headquarters.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Custodians’ Union Says Philadelphia School District Is Trying To Strangle Them

The head of the union that represents custodians in Philadelphia public schools says the school district is bargaining in bad faith, trying to dismantle the union while obtaining millions of dollars in concessions from workers.


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Philadelphia School District Defends Monday’s Early Dismissal

When deciding to dismiss students early because of hot weather, officials say they look at more than just a single day’s forecast.


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Philadelphia School District Laying Off Hundreds More

Pink slips are going out later this week for 270+ non-teaching personnel.


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President Obama To Speak At Philadelphia High School’s Graduation

High school seniors at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy will be getting a special visitor around the time of graduation.


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Philadelphia School District Deciding Whether To Stop Using Beef With ‘Pink Slime’

The Philadelphia School District is weighing its options on whether it should opt for government beef that does not contain the filler that has come to be known as “pink slime.”


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Philadelphia Middle Schooler In Hot Water After Shooting Classmate With Toy Gun

It happened in math class at the HA Brown School, on Sergeant Street in Kensington, around 11:30am this morning.


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Amid Cheating Allegations, Philadelphia School District Tightens Control on Tests

In the wake of allegations of cheating on standardized tests, the School District of Philadelphia is taking additional steps to make sure next week’s PSSA exams are on the up-and-up.


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Exclusive: Police Investigate YouTube Video Of 8th Graders Fighting In Philadelphia Classroom

Philadelphia School District Officials confirm they are now investigating to learn more about a YouTube video that shows two 8th grade students viciously beating each other inside the Carnell School in Northeast Philadelphia.



Recreational Organizations Face Obstacle Following New School Cutbacks

“Fox Rok has worked with the various schools for over 50 years where we’ve used their gyms and that’s the way we’ve always worked,” said Joe Grant.


(The former Rudiolph Walton School, 2601 N. 28th Street.  Photo provided by Phila. controller's ofc.)

Philadelphia Controller Calls Some Vacant Schools A Danger To The Community

Controller Alan Butkovitz provided reporters with a video — complete with creepy music — depicting eight vacant schools littered with drug paraphernalia and trash.


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Former Philadelphia Schools Chief Arlene Ackerman Files Unemployment Claim

This comes after taxpayers funded a $905,000 buyout when she was shown the door in August.



Two Students Arrested In Connection To Theft Of 60 Laptops

Two high school students are under arrest, accused of stealing dozens of computers from West Philadelphia High School.


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60 Computers Stolen From West Philadelphia High School

60 computers were stolen out of classrooms from a Philadelphia school. Authorities say it’s a growing trend plaguing the district and causing so many students to suffer.



Philadelphia School District Defends Decision To Close

It has happened several times this school year already — Philadelphia Public Schools are closed — while their counterparts in the suburbs are open on a two hour delay.